Leave No Trace
Joined: June 2002
||Posted: June 07 2002,9:22 am
I'm posting this on behalf of Leave No Trace, Inc. We're a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, and our mission is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. We focus primarily on non-motorized recreation.
We're a private organization, but have over 250 non-profit and corporate partners (Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conference, Green Mountain Club, American Hiking Society, American Whitewater, Maine Island Trails Association, Mount Washington Observatory, Outward Bound USA, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Student Conservation Association, The Wilderness Society, American Mountain Guides Association, L.L. Bean, Subaru, REI, the North Face, Kelty, Coleman, Osprey, Trails Illustrated, Clif Bar, Vasque, Jansport, Marmot, Lowe Alpine, SmartWool, Galyan's, Backpacker Magazine, Cascade Designs, Brunton, just to name a few) that we work with to spread the Leave No Trace message. We've also partnered with the four largest federal land managing agencies in the U.S. - the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All of these agency partners have adopted our message as their minimum impact message, and work to spread the word to public land users across the country.
I'm posting this to inform you about the Leave No Trace program. We have been hearing a great deal lately about geocaching, particularly from federal and state land managers, regarding the potential impacts that can be caused to plants, animals, water sources, etc. from individuals engaging in this unique activity. Since our mission is to educate ALL recreational users of public lands, we feel this site offers a great opportunity to reach a large new audience of recreationist with a solid minimum impact message. Our message is simple, and is centered around the seven principles of Leave No Trace:
1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors
For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our website http://www.lnt.org.
Please remember to Leave No Trace when you're out there having fun!